Justice League of America #1 ended on one hell of a high note, and thus, I was very much looking forward to seeing what would happen in Justice League of America #2. I was assuming—and we all know what happens when one assumes—that Justice League of America would continue to gain momentum in the second issue, and that by its end, I would be left biting my nails, nervously waiting for the release of Issue #3. While I would like to sit here and tell you that this is the case (that I’m nervously awaiting the release of Issue #3) I cannot, because, in its second issue, Justice League of America hit a brick wall.
“’THE EXTREMISTS’ part two! Believing heroes to be threats to the survival of any world, Lord Havok and the Extremists have already murdered the mightiest heroes from their home dimension. To save our Earth they’d kill thousands more, starting with the newly formed JLA. But eye-to-eye, are Havok’s and Batman’s goals that different? Billions of lives depend on the answer.”
Issue #1 was significantly more entertaining than Issue #2, and I think that this is the case because there was a serious change of pace here, and frankly, it wasn’t a change for the better.
Even the art suffers from the abrupt change, comparing the early, action-packed pages of this issue with the later more ‘plot-focused’ pages, it becomes obvious that the art team lost their inspiration. Speaking of the art team…the line-up changed for issue #2 and we now have Felipe Watanabe as illustrator, Scot Hanna as inker, and HiFi as the colorist. This is a great team, but I don’t think that any of them—except for maybe Hi-Fi—were able to shine as brightly as they should have.
After reading Issue #2, I am convinced that writer Steve Orlando’s vision for the remainder of JLA is epic and that the series will pick back up within the next issue or so. I mean, I like the Extremists and the situation that Orlando is placing the JLA in, Orlando needs time to set the stage. Surely, the JLA, despite doing what they think is right, will be painted as the bad guys sooner or later, and when that happens, I think that the series is going to take off. But, despite what I think is going to happen, Justice League of America #2 is a bit of a buzzkill, and I cannot recommend picking this one up.
If Issue #3 is better, well, then I will probably suggest going back and reading this so that you can have a complete understanding of the arc, but until then, skip this one and keep JLA in mind.